Stopping genetic junk

Never in the past have crops, cultivated by us, had to undergo such scrutiny. But the scrutiny is required especially in the case of genetically engineered [GE] or genetically modified [GM] crops.

GE crops are organisms created artificially in labs through a process known as recombinant DNA technology. The unpredictability and irreversibility of GE have raised a lot of questions about this technology. Moreover, studies have found that GE crops harm the environment and have a potential to risk human health. All this has resulted in a controversy across the world about the need to introduce this dangerous technology.

Greenpeace in India and in several other countries entered the agriculture scenario with the campaign against the environmental release of GE or GM organisms.  GE crops represent everything that is wrong with our agriculture. They perpetuate the destruction of our biodiversity and the increasing control of corporations over our food and farming.

Campaign story:

The anti GE campaign has contributed in ensuring a serious debate on the need for GE crops in the country. It has also ensured that India does not approve commercialisation of any GM food crop.

The campaign has brought together farmers, consumers, traders, scientists and other civil society organisations to put up a brave front against the entry of GM crops in our country. This resulted in the indefinite moratorium on Bt brinjal, the first GM food crop that was up for commercialisation.

While Bt brinjal has been stalled for now, 56 other crops are being genetically modified and are waiting for approval. Rice is the leader amongst these. If not stopped the entire country would become one big feeding experiment for GM seed companies.

The campaign is trying to plug the gaps in the existing regulatory system in the country to stop the release of any GM crops. We are also asking the government to come up with a bio-safety regime that will prioritise citizen’s health, environmental safety and the nation’s socio-economic fabric.

As the citizen is also a consumer and has a right to safe GM free food, we have been mobilizing consumers and engaging with food brands in the country to ensure that the food industry in the country remains GM free. For the first time in India there is a consumer campaign against GM food and food brands have started to notice this consumer opinion.

To summarise, our basic demands are:

1. A complete ban the release of any genetically modified organisms in the environment, either for commercial cultivation or for experiments.

2. Re-focus scientific research on ecological alternatives, to identify agro-ecological practices that ensure future food security under a changing climate.

The latest updates

 

True stories of “TRUE STORIES OF FARMERS WHO HAVE SOWN BT COTTON”!

Feature story | September 18, 2005 at 3:30

BANGALORE, India — Pied piper Monsanto is using every trick and tune to beguile poor farmers with its Bt serenade. First it decided to play God and tinker irresponsibly with genes. Now this smooth operator is working to ensure that it’s mutated...

Jaguars roar into action

Feature story | September 5, 2005 at 15:45

SALTA PROVINCE, Argentina — In Argentina precious forest is being bulldozed at a rate of a soccer pitch area every three minutes - all for soya crops to feed pigs and chickens in Europe and China. We are out to stop this destruction with the...

The GEAC - Still Silent On A Damning Report

Feature story | August 16, 2005 at 3:30

BANGALORE, India — Here’s how the public-private partnership goes about its work these days.

GE - living on a flat earth

Publication | August 15, 2005 at 21:19

Exerpt from Current Science

Publication | August 12, 2005 at 13:00

Bt Cotton - A briefing paper

Publication | August 12, 2005 at 12:50

Monsanto files patent for new invention: the pig

Feature story | August 4, 2005 at 13:47

GENEVA, Switzerland — It's official. Monsanto Corporation is out to own the world's food supply, the dangers of genetic engineering and reduced biodiversity notwithstanding, as they pig-headedly set about hog-tying farmers with their monopoly...

Thai fruit exports worldwide under threat from GMO papaya

Feature story | July 7, 2005 at 3:30

BANGKOK, Thailand — 7 July 2005 – Greenpeace activists today dumped thousands of papayas at the offices of Thailand’s Department of Agriculture in a protest against the government’s utter disregard for consumer and environmental protection from...

Monsanto Reaps As It Sows. And So Shall The GEAC.

Feature story | June 22, 2005 at 3:30

BANGALORE, India — Barely four months ago, Greenpeace astounded a press conference by revealing that farmers in the Narsampet mandal of Warangal district, Andhra Pradesh, had been cheated by agro-chemical giant Monsanto to the tune of over Rupees...

Hindi - Civil Society Submission on Biotech Policy

Publication | June 2, 2005 at 12:43

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